Applying for an Immigrant Visa
Document Checklist for Immigrant & K Visa Applicants
Please bring all applicable documents (originals plus copies if noted) on this checklist. Visas are often approved the same day for applicants who are prepared with these documents. Visas will not be approved until applicants submit all required documents.
- For family-sponsored applicants, the immigrant visa fee is US$230 (HK$1,840) for each applicant. For employment-based applicants, the fee is US$405 (HK$3,240). The fee is required if an applicant has not already paid to the National Visa Center. The fee for each Diversity Visa applicant is US$330 (HK$2,640). Fees can be paid by cash or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Diners Club).
Starting March 16, 2013, applicants for fiancé (K) visas and their accompanying children can pay the non-refundable visa application fee of HK$1,920 at any 7-11 store in Hong Kong or Macau. Dah Sing Bank and Banco Commercial de Macau will no longer accept payment for these fees after March 15, 2013. In order to pay at a 7-11, applicants must obtain a proper pay statement from the Consulate call center (+ 852 5808 4666) or through Apply for a U.S. Visa. Applicants should be sure to identify themselves as a fiancé (K) visa applicant. The pay statement then can be taken to any 7-11 store in Hong Kong or Macau for payment. Once paid, the applicant will receive a receipt which must be brought to the Consulate on the day of the interview.
- Travel documents, i.e. passports valid for six months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States and copies of the biographic data pages; AND any previous travel documents with expired and/or current U.S. visas in them.
- Identity cards for Hong Kong and/or Macau and copies
- Two visa photographs (please see separate sheet of "Photographic Requirements"; write your name in block letters on the back of photos).
- Immigrant visa applicants require an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864) with sponsors' federal income tax return that was current when the I-864 was signed if the affidavit of support has not been submitted to the National Visa Center. K visa applicants should provide proof of self-supporting in the U.S. or a job offer for you or a letter from the petitioner's employer. Form I-134 (not Form I-864) executed by the petitioner and his/her federal income tax returns for the most recent tax year may be required when the consular officer deems useful.
- Police certificates from your country of residence for the past 6 months and from other countries in which you have lived for more than 12 months after age 16.
- Certificates of trial, brief facts of case and/or court transcripts if you were ever convicted of a crime.
- Medical examination
- Birth, Adoption, Marriage Certificates and copies
- Divorce or Death Certificates of spouse and copies (petitioner, applicant and derivative spouse who have been previously married must obtain legal proof of termination of each prior marriage if the immigration is based on marriage).
- Child Custody Orders and copies
- Family-based cases: Evidence of relationship between the principal applicant and petitioner, as well as between the principal applicant and all beneficiaries
- Employment-based and Diversity Visa cases: Evidence to show the education and/or work experience required for employment-based and diversity (lottery) visas. Employment-based applicants need a recent notarized job offer from the U.S. prospective employer stating the position and salary.
- Documents not in English should be translated into English and accompanied by a signed statement from the translator stating that the translator is proficient in both languages.
- Civil documents including birth, adoption, death, marriage, divorce, marriage termination and annulment originated from the Philippines must be issued by the National Statistics Office on official security paper.
- Civil Documents and Police Certificates from the People's Republic of China
- Unobtainable Birth Certificates
- Local Agencies that Offer Assistance in Completing Visa Forms
- Police Clearances from Hong Kong and Macau
- Civil Documents and Police Certificates from Philippines, Requesting a Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) through eCensus, Philippines National Statistics Office contact information (PDF 944 KB)
- Medical Examinations (PDF 293 KB)
- Visa Photo Requirement
Last modified: March 15, 2013
If you are looking for a form that begins with "I" (such as I-130 or I-539), these forms come from the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security and you may download or order them via mail from the USCIS forms page.
PDF files require Adobe Reader. You may download a free version by visiting the Adobe website.